I'm looking for an electronic deck-building card game, where you don't have to collect the cards to play.

I'm looking for something similar to Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering Online, but where you don't have a different card collection from everyone else. (Rather than a free-to-play game where you have to collect cards slowly or else pay for packs, I'm looking for a subscription-based or one-time purchase game where you have the full card collection and then can build decks and play games based on that.)

The closest I've found to a game like this is Spectromancer. Knowing if there's a generic term would help to find other similar games. Trying to Google a "trading card game without trading" or "collectible card game without collecting" doesn't exactly yield helpful results.

Is there a term for a game like this?

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    @DanmakuGrazer The Help Center says that "Game mechanics and terminology" are on-topic. What makes you think it's off-topic? (I'm not asking for a specific game. I'm asking for a term for CCGs without the first C.) – Graham Herrli Dec 2 '17 at 23:04
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    Asking to give a name to a concept, mechanic, or idea is off-topic, while asking what a specific term means is on-topic. – Wrigglenite Dec 2 '17 at 23:07
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    Basically, this kind of question generates answers that are very subjective. – Wrigglenite Dec 2 '17 at 23:08
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    The fact that there's more than one answer is the whole problem. For more information, see this meta – Frank Dec 3 '17 at 0:30
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not asking to define one thing about one game as per this meta discussion. – Dragonrage Mar 27 '18 at 15:23

It looks like there are actually two terms for this type of game, depending on the distribution model (repeated subscription-like purchases or a one-time purchase).

A "Living Card Game" (LCG) is game where you buy the full set of cards at once. Later expansions may come out, which can be purchased separately.

A "Deck-Building Game" is a game where you buy a full set of cards once and then play with them. The best known of these is likely Dominion.

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    A second distinction between the two terms might be that with a Living Card Game you build the deck at the start of the game and with a Deck-Building Game you build the deck throughout the game. – Graham Herrli Dec 3 '17 at 0:01
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    Deck-building games are an entirely different kind of game, they have barely anything in common with CCGs/TCGs. What you're looking for is much closer to LCGs, although I'm not aware of any digital games using the term. Since you're looking for something close to Hearthstone or Magic, Epic might go into the right direction, but they don't use the term LCG as far as I'm aware. One key element of the kind of games you're looking for is the ability to play a "draft(ing)" mode, as well as a "contructed" mode. You might have more success searching for these terms. – scenia Dec 3 '17 at 11:57
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    I was going to answer with Living Card Game, you should accept this one as correct. – Mauricio Pasquier Juan Dec 11 '17 at 21:50

These type of games are called Deck-building games.

A deck-building game is a card game that uses building a deck as the main focus of the gameplay. It is similar to collectible card games (CCGs) in that each player has their own deck. However, unlike CCGs, the cards are not sold in randomized packs, and the majority of the deck is built during the game, instead of before the game. Typically, the cards provide a type of game currency which allows players to buy more cards to add to their decks.


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